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Andy Ross (Literary Agent), Jeremy Loethen (Producer), & Philippa Donovan (Editor, Smart Quill)

"This panel was incredible. It helped give me so much understanding of who these Literary Agents are and what they do. Every writer should start here first. Thank you!" - Alfonso Garcia, Writer

To kick off Roadmap Authors, we are excited to have our first ever book-centric Virtual Panel!

If you have questions on book publishing, finding a literary agent, writing captivating prose, and navigating the literary landscape, this is a great panel for you!

This panel will include how they find material, what book queries should look like, do's and don't's of approaching publishers, and techniques for the overall craft of writing prose. 

The panel discussion will end with a Live Q&A so you can ask our book experts any questions you have!

About Your Host

Andy Ross opened his literary agency in 2008. Prior to that, he was the owner of the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley for 30 years. His agency represents books in a wide range of non-fiction genres including narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, popular culture, memoir, and current events. He also represents literary, commercial, historical, and upmarket women’s fiction, and YA and middle-grade fiction. For non-fiction, Andy looks for writing with a strong voice, robust story arc, and books that tell a big story about culture and society by authors with the authority to write about their subject. In fiction, he likes character- and voice-driven stories about real people in the real world. Andy has participated and taught classes in numerous writers conferences including San Francisco Writers Conference, Kauai Writers Conference, San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference, Nebraska Writers Conference, and more. He has organized and conducted writing-intensive workshops with Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Santa Fe and in Scotland. Andy is the author of The Literary Agent’s Guide to Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal. His popular blog, “Ask the Agent: Night Thoughts About Books and Publishing”, has received over 500,000 unique views. Authors Andy represents include Daniel Ellsberg, Fritjof Capra, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Susan Griffin, Gwen Strauss, Anjanette Delgado, Elisa Kleven, Tawni Waters, Randall Platt, Mary Jo McConahay, Gerald Nachman, Michael Parenti, Paul Krassner, Milton Viorst, and Michele Anna Jordan. Andy is a member of the Association of Author Representatives (AAR).

Philippa Donovan is an editor with an established consultancy, Smart Quill. Since 2011 she has worked with around 400 authors and recommends fiction/non-fiction to a stable of 60 literary agents based in the UK, Australia, and the US. Philippa also scouts books for film and TV producers. In the past she has worked for Heyday/Warner Bros (UK), Circle of Confusion/ITV America (US), Mad Rabbit/Red Arrow (US/UK), and FremantleMedia (Australia). Previously Philippa worked as a commissioning editor, as an international scout for several Penguin Random House companies, and at a literary agency (A P Watt - now United Agents). She was named the Bookseller's Publishing Rising Star in 2014. In 2015-2017 she ran a series called Authors' Club at Soho House West Hollywood, and in 2019 was the judge for the London Book Fair's Book to Film and TV awards.

Jeremy Loethen has produced eight films in the last five years. Loethen has had his films play at all the prestigious festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, and has received worldwide distribution through major studios such as Lionsgate.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the Webinar recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!


If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at!

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